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NTT Communications offers SIM cards for foreign visitors to Japan
A new SIM card has been designed for foreign visitors to Japan. (Provided by NTT Communications Corp.)
NTT Communications Corp. on June 25 introduced a mobile phone SIM card for foreign visitors to Japan that will provide up to 100 megabytes of daily data traffic over a two-week ...
Toyota’s new T-Connect telematics service features interactive...
Toyota Motor Corp. said June 18 that it will introduce this summer a new vehicular telecommunications service along with compatible navigation systems and smartphone apps.
NTT Docomo develops world's first SIM-based authentication mini...
The portable SIM authentication device developed by NTT Docomo Inc. (The Asahi Shimbun)
NTT Docomo Inc. said June 10 that it has developed a prototype of the world's first SIM-based authentication device that can wirelessly activate compatible smartphones or...
Buffalo to release portable HDD for smartphone, tablet users
The MiniStation Air HDW-PD1.0U3 (Provided by Buffalo Inc.)
Buffalo Inc. has developed a portable hard disk drive for smartphones and tablets, which generally have insufficient storage capacity for large files such as videos.
Apple holds nearly half of domestic smartphone market
Customers check out iPhone handsets at a mass electronics retailer outlet in Tokyo's Yurakucho district in September 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Apple Inc., the maker of iPhone handsets, held nearly 50 percent of the domestic market for smartphones in fiscal 2013 through March, MM Research Institute Ltd., a market...
'Kancolle' warships as cute girls create online sensation
In "Kantai Collection," Japanese naval warships are depicted as cute girls. ((c) 2014 DMM.com/ KADOKAWA GAMES All Rights Reserved.)
Cute "moe" characters have long been a major trend in anime and video games in Japan, and the latest craze is the free online card game "Kantai Collection," which features...
Japanese companies set up IT businesses in Vietnam
Vietnamese employees develop websites in Japanese at Evolable Asia in Ho Chi Minh City. (Akihiro Nishiyama)
HO CHI MINH CITY--As the Vietnamese government invests in information technology education, the country's rapidly growing pool of talent is attracting notice from Japanese...
Japanese authorities to expand electronic device use during flights
A flight attendant connects her tablet-type device to a Wi-Fi network on board a Japan Airlines’ international flight in December. (Ryuji Kudo)
The land ministry said it plans to relax regulations from this summer that prevent passengers from using electronic devices during take-offs and landings.
Line app to offer low-cost phone calls
High school students use the “Line” free call and messaging app on their smartphones. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Users of the popular “Line” free call and messaging app will soon be able to make cheap calls to cellphone and landline numbers, the operator of the service said Feb. 26.
After unexpected loss, LG sees lower operating, currency risks
LG Electronics Inc. introduces a curved G Flex smartphone model during the International CES in Las Vegas earlier this month. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--LG Electronics Inc. is forecasting lower earnings from its mobile business this quarter and risks from swings in Latin American currencies after posting an unexpected...
Samsung, Google agree to cross-license their patents for next 10...
SEOUL--Samsung Electronics Co. has signed an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents, reducing the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property...
ANIME NEWS: DIP prepares map app of 2,000 real-life anime locations
A sample screenshot of the "Seichi Junrei map" (pilgrimage map) app ((c) DIP Corp.)
In response to the recent boom among fans who visit real-life locations featured in their favorite anime works, DIP Corp. is preparing an upcoming release of a "Seichi Junrei...
ANIME NEWS: Gainax readies 'Magica Wars' anime for April premiere
(c) 2.5 Dimension TV Co.,Ltd./ GAINAX
An animated adaptation of "Magica Wars" is scheduled to hit small screens in April 2014.
Chinese smartphone makers take on the world
Xiaomi Inc. CEO Lei Jun, who has been called “China’s Steve Jobs,” shows off one of his company’s new smartphones at a news conference in Beijing on Sept. 5. (Provided by Xiaomi Inc.)
BEIJING--Chinese smartphone makers have been gobbling up market share on a global scale.
Toyama offers free English-language sightseeing app
Screenshots of Mapple-Link maps (Provided by Toyama Prefecture's tourism bureau)
TOYAMA--Authorities here teamed up with Shobunsha Publications Inc. to develop a smartphone app for English-speaking tourists to help guide them to the prefecture's top...
New location-based smartphone app shows 1995 quake damage in Kobe
Destruction of Taishosuji shopping street near JR Shin-Nagata Station is shown through the smartphone app developed by the Kobe city government. (Takuya Isayama)
KOBE--People visiting sites in Kobe's Nagata Ward that were rebuilt after the Great Hanshin Earthquake can now use a smartphone app to virtually go back in time and see the...
Line app tops 300 million users thanks to boost in...
A smartphone running the Line app (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More than 300 million people have used Line since the free call and messaging app first became available in June 2011, the operator of the application said Nov. 25.
Fujitsu to sell easy-to-use smartphones for seniors in more...
Fujitsu Ltd.’s "Raku-Raku Smartphone" sold in Japan (Provided by Fujitsu Ltd.)
With its domestic mobile phone business faltering, Fujitsu Ltd. plans to expand international sales by offering its senior citizen-oriented smartphone to more overseas markets.
BIZ BRIEF: Mobile phone contracts expected to outnumber global...
The global number of mobile phone subscriptions will exceed the population of the planet in 2014, according to a Japanese marketing research company.
Sleazy picture-taking cases rise as technology advances
A lens is on the right side of a hidden video camera that resembles a case for mint tablets. (The Asahi Shimbun)
A young man expressed his deepest regrets after being arrested for sneaking into a public restroom and taking a video of a woman inside a stall.